Burn! (Queimada) (1969)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Italy/France, 1969.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés.  Story and Screenplay by Franco Solinas, Giorgio Arlorio, based on novels by Norman Gant.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Marilù Carteny.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (1977)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  L’une chante, l’autre pas Venezuela/France/Belgium, 1977.  Ciné Tamaris, INLC,  Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Paradise, Population,  Societe Francaise de Production.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Charles Van Damme.  Music by François Wertheimer.  Production Design by Franckie Diago.  Costume Design by Franckie Diago.  Film Editing by Joele Van Effenterre.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. Teenager Pauline rejects her…

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Hollywood On Trial (1976)

DAVID HELPERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by Arnie Reisman.  Cinematography by Barry Abrams.  Produced by James C. Gutman.  Film Editing by Frank Galvin.  Academy Awards 1977.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. The period of the Hollywood Blacklist is one of the ugliest eras of American political history, and certainly not something that, in retrospect,…

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Alambrista! (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Filmhaus.  Screenplay by Robert M. Young.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz, Robert M. Young.  Produced by Michael Hausman, Irwin Young.  Music by Michael Martin Murphey.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Film Editing by Edward Beyer, Norman Buckley.   Like millions before and after him, Roberto has decided to leave Mexico and look for work…

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Stroszek (1977)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   West Germany, 1977.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Skellig Edition.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Thomas Mauch.  Produced by Willi Segler.  Music by Chet Atkins, Sonny Terry.  Film Editing by Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus. Bruno S., star of Werner Herzog’s Every Man For Himself And God Against All, is once again a fish out of water…

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Iphigenia (1977)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Ifigeneia Greece, 1977.  Greek Film Center.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the play Iphigeneia At Aulis by Euripedes.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Dionysis Fotopoulos.  Costume Design by Dionysis Fotopoulos.  Film Editing by Takis Giannopoulos, Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Academy Awards 1977.  Cannes Film Festival 1977.   Director Michael…

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The Ascent

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Voskhozhdeniye A group of partisan soldiers struggle to survive the Russian cold during the Second World War. Two members of the group separate from their comrades and go looking for supplies when they spot a farm in the snow-covered wilderness, but are then unable to return when they are spotted…

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The Chess Players (1977)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Shatranj Ke Khilari India, 1977.  Devki Chitra.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, dialogue by Satyajit Ray, Javed Siddiqui, Shama Zaidi, from a story by Munshi Premchand.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Produced by Suresh Jindal.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Costume Design by Haru Das, Shama Zaidi.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.  Toronto International Film…

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